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Car of the Month March 2014

2015 Kia K900 Premium

GAYOT Rating

Well-Priced Luxury Sedan

A three-quarter front view of the 2015 K900
In short: A smartly equipped full-size luxury sedan.

2015 Kia K900 Premium Review

Offering premium amenities and solid performance at a reasonable price, Kia’s flagship sedan marks a confident first step into premium luxury territory for the Korean car brand.

Designed by Peter Schreyer, who also penned the Audi TT and Volkswagen New Beetle, the Kia K900 features a striking fastback shape that incorporates Kia’s new signature elements: square-within-oval headlights, a trapezodial grille and prominent Hofmeister kink. A credit-card-sized key lets you enter a luxurious world of quality materials with natural wood and chromium-free Nappa leather. Comfortable ventilated front seats will make journeys more pleasant and a cavernous power-operated trunk will take lots of stuff with you. In the rear, heated outboard reclining seats and sunshades will remind you of business class treatment. A 900-watt Harman Kardon Lexicon high-fidelity surround sound audio system and standard navigation are controlled through a 9.2-inch high-definition screen that will keep you entertained and steered in the right direction. The V8 engine is a first for a Kia sedan, and delivers decent acceleration with its 420 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque coupled with a new in-house shift-by-wire 8-speed automatic transmission. But this car is more of a solid and smooth ride than a GT experience. Some of you will miss paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Our mineral silver tester with black interior offered a sophisticated lounge experience for a day. With an underbody pan and laminated windows, it was a quiet one to boot. Interior space is massive and you’d love your next limousine ride to be as comfortable and luxurious.

Kia says this is a new way to look at luxury… and luxury it is, bundling value in the process. Not a bad way to celebrate twenty years in the U.S., Kia!

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty; 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

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Make: Kia, Vehicle Type: Sedan

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Base Price: $59,500 / As Tested: $66,400

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 5.0-liter V8 with direct injection
Horsepower: 420 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 376 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with shift by wire

Curb weight: 4,555 lbs
Wheelbase: 119.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 200.6 / 74.8 / 58.7 in
Turning circle: 37.5 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: multi-link front and rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 150 mph

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg
Combined MPG: 18 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; front and rear seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags

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